For the first time since getting our crockpot several years ago, we decided to make a stew. Unfortunately, our two-person crockpot was too small even for a halved version of this recipe! We got the recipe from Schnucks. I was skeptical, but am so glad we were willing to try it. Wonderful!
Note: this recipe serves at least 6 people.
1 Tbsp. butter
1 lb. chuck or bottom round, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 c. vegetable juice cocktail
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can beef broth
2 medium (1 c.) carrots, peeled, sliced 1-inch
2 medium (1 c.) potatoes, peeled, cubed
1 medium (1/2 c.) onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp. dried marjoram leaves
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 c. frozen peas
1/2 c. water
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour (TIP: Add more flour if a thicker stew is desired)
2 Tbsp. red wine or beef broth
Melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add meat. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned (5 to 7 min.). Place meat in slow cooker. Stir in all remaining ingredients except peas, water, flour and wine. Cover; cook on Low heat setting for 8 to 9 hrs., or High heat setting for 5 to 6 hrs. or until beef is tender. Uncover; remove bay leaf. Stir in peas. Stir together water, flour and wine in small bowl until smooth. Slowly stir flour mixture into beef mixture, stirring constantly. Cook on High heat setting, stirring occasionally, until thickened (8 to 10 min.).
We didn’t have enough room for the peas or the full amount of beef broth. I also think I might have added a bit too much wine, but overall it was delicious. The next time in order to get it all into the crock pot, I will have to third the recipe in order to get it to fit.
This is quite possibly one of my most favorite desserts of all time. Recently when we weren’t able to get to Flat Branch, J and I tried to recreate it on our own. We were pretty successful!
Copycat Flat Branch Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae
- Jumbo Toll House Cookie Dough 12 come in a package. Available in the refrigerator section of the grocery store.
- Tiger Stripe Ice Cream only sold at Schnucks and the Mizzou campus in Columbia. Your favorite ice cream would work just as well if Tiger Stripe isn’t available.
We use three of the cookies at a time and squish them together on a baking sheet. If you bake the cookie this way, you will need to bake it at 325 degrees (per the package directions) for about 18 minutes. If you pull the cookies apart, they will be crisper and will only need to bake for about 15 minutes. Obviously, we like our cookies a little chewier.
Once the cookie is baked, let it cool for about 3 minutes. Just long enough so it doesn’t come apart when you pull it off the baking sheet.
Then plate it and add as much ice cream as you like! The ice cream will melt quickly so be prepared. If you want to add some chocolate sauce and some whipped cream.
The ambiance and appeal of Flat Branch is lacking in this recipe. And we don’t have a pizza oven to bake the cookie in or the special recipe, but in a pinch this is good enough. I only wish we had discovered this when we lived in Texas!